01.11.05 - By Chet Mills: According to the Boston Globe, the WBA heavyweight champion, John Ruiz, has reportedly filed a $10 million dollar lawsuit against James Toney. The lawsuit Ruiz filed alleges Toney's use of steroids was the reason for Ruiz suffering the loss, including "incurred significant financial damage and damages to his reputation". It also states ''Toney's energy, aggression and strength levels were unusually high in comparison to his apparent physical condition." (At the time of the fight, Toney weighed 233 pounds, although his physique looked soft and with noticeable fat around his midsection.)
Article posted on 01.11.2005
Ruiz lost a unanimous decision (judges scores - 116-111, 116-111, and 115-112) to James Toney on April 30, 2005 at Madison Square Garden, New York.
However, 10 days later, a banned substance, “Nandrolone,” was found in Toney’s post fight urine, which resulted in Ruiz being reinstated as the WBA heavyweight title. Following that, Toney was later suspended by the New York Athletic Commission for 90 days and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine.